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Sub commander relieved of duty after woman alleges he faked death to end affair (CO for a Week)
The Day ^ | 8/12/2012 | Karen Florin and Jennifer McDermott

Posted on 08/13/2012 3:48:35 PM PDT by castlegreyskull

Navy Cmdr. Michael P. Ward II, who has been accused of having an affair with a 23-year-old Chesapeake, Va., woman and faking his death as a means of ending it, has been relieved of his duties as the commanding officer of the USS Pittsburgh, just one week after he was put in command.

The woman said she met Ward, 43, on a dating website in October. She said Ward, who is married with children, told her her he was separated and that he worked in "special ops." She said he got her pregnant then, in an effort to end the relationship, faked his death in an email communication in July.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: adultery; submarine; usnavy
This might have set a record for the fastest Commanding Officer to lose command.
1 posted on 08/13/2012 3:48:44 PM PDT by castlegreyskull
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To: castlegreyskull

Just wondering, does it really count as “faking your death” in an email?


2 posted on 08/13/2012 3:51:04 PM PDT by Williams (No Obama)
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To: castlegreyskull

Come on. We’ve all done it...


3 posted on 08/13/2012 3:52:28 PM PDT by AndrewB (FUBO)
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To: castlegreyskull

Folks, look, things are tough all over.
But the country is on the precipice of disaster, and we need FR more now than ever.
As Conservatives, we pay for what we use. If you’ve ever thought about becoming a monthly, just $5 a month would go so far.
C’mon now, if some han-n-egger from the neighborhood like me can be a monthly, you can do $5 a month.
It only takes a second, and it’s a bargain at twice the price!


4 posted on 08/13/2012 3:52:55 PM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: castlegreyskull
Posted here:Sub CO Fired One Week After Taking Command (Faked Death to Get Rid of Mistress)
5 posted on 08/13/2012 3:53:14 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: castlegreyskull
Hi - Sorry to send you this email but I have died. Please do not respond to this email as I can not read it.

faked his death in an email communication in July.

6 posted on 08/13/2012 3:55:01 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: castlegreyskull

Not the kind of guy you want in charge of a submarine. Or any other command post.


7 posted on 08/13/2012 3:57:50 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Williams
Just wondering, does it really count as “faking your death” in an email?

Could be worse, he could have lulz'ed it:

Deer l8dy I'm duin on teh side:

I'm dead!!!!111!!eleven!!1 :( sry k bai

ps: u r not invite to funrl

8 posted on 08/13/2012 3:58:27 PM PDT by verum ago (A good physical therapist is half friend, half sadist.)
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To: nickcarraway

Thanks for showing me this. I did a quick search, but I guess I wasn’t thorough enough. I looked up Pittsburgh and Ward.


9 posted on 08/13/2012 4:12:17 PM PDT by castlegreyskull
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To: castlegreyskull

What a liar, special forces, fake name, faking death and then appearing in the papers as you take on command! Incredible arrogance and stupidity. 7 days is the shortest command I’ve ever heard of.

The real way to eliminate these incidents is forced separation with no retirement or reduction to next inferior pay grade if already at 20+ years. We can’t keep handing out the golden parachute and expect these clowns to change their ways.


10 posted on 08/13/2012 4:15:13 PM PDT by moonshot925
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To: castlegreyskull

He could have survived this if he had only claimed he was “gay”.


11 posted on 08/13/2012 4:16:49 PM PDT by Gator113 (***YOU GAVE it to Obama. I would have voted for NEWT.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: castlegreyskull
From the article--> The woman said that on July 9, she drove with her family members to Ward's house in Burke, Va., to pay her respects and learned from the new owner that Ward was alive and had moved to Connecticut to take command of a submarine. She said she became ill, was hospitalized, and learned she was pregnant. She said she has since lost the baby.

Sad all over.

12 posted on 08/13/2012 4:17:28 PM PDT by cicero2k
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To: Williams

Did he type “Aaaaaaaaaargh!” for the last line?


13 posted on 08/13/2012 4:18:03 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: castlegreyskull

Hahahaha!


14 posted on 08/13/2012 4:23:03 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: moonshot925

He may not get an honorable discharge. If he doesnt get that, I dont think he gets the majority of the Veteran benefits.


15 posted on 08/13/2012 4:23:53 PM PDT by castlegreyskull
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To: castlegreyskull

If he faked his death before he found out he was supposedly a father, this is just a case of conduct unbecoming...

Rather creative break-up.


16 posted on 08/13/2012 4:30:35 PM PDT by greatvikingone
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To: castlegreyskull
This might have set a record for the fastest Commanding Officer to lose command.

Close but no cigar. I knew a guy who took command of a boomer off-crew and two days later had a nervous breakdown from the stress.

17 posted on 08/13/2012 4:32:17 PM PDT by AndyJackson
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To: castlegreyskull

Seems like the commie rats have a possible new Presidential candidate!


18 posted on 08/13/2012 4:34:59 PM PDT by texson66 (In the words of Kent Brockman, "As for myself, I welcome our new commie overlords...")
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To: castlegreyskull
Michael P. Ward II . . . told her her he was separated and that he worked in "special ops." She said he got her pregnant then, in an effort to end the relationship, faked his death in an email communication in July.

Separated? A lie.

Special Ops? Another lie.

Dead? A third lie.

"Forsaking all others" in his wedding vows? Yep. One more lie.

Name: Michael P. Ward II. The truth. Oops.

If he had simply lied about everything, like Clinton and Obama do, he wouldn't have had to die, lose his job, lose his wife, and lose the kids. If you're going to be a lying pig, go whole hog. Better yet, maybe this guy could have shown the same integrity in his personal life that I hope he demanded of his subordinates in his professional life.

19 posted on 08/13/2012 4:44:45 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: castlegreyskull

Wow. And he really thought it would not catch up with him? Classic.


20 posted on 08/13/2012 4:54:03 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (I am NOT from Vermont. I am from MA. And I don't support Romney. Please read before "assuming.")
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To: Pollster1

The special forces lie is the more puzzling lie. Why did he need to lie about what he did in the Navy? Seems like he had a pretty impressive career, right up until he got fired. Unless he planned to break off the affair with faking his death all along.


21 posted on 08/13/2012 4:55:46 PM PDT by castlegreyskull
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To: AndyJackson

Sad. From what I’ve seen of sub training documentaries and what few bubbleheads I ever really knew that talked about sub school, I would’ve figured someone like that would get screened out.

Maybe some other stuff going on that got to him?


22 posted on 08/13/2012 5:03:49 PM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: moonshot925

“What a liar, special forces, fake name......”

Reminds me of the clod in “True Lies” who tried to put the make on Jamie Lee Curtis’ character.....and when confronted later he tinkled in his BVDs.


23 posted on 08/13/2012 5:04:13 PM PDT by Tucker39 ( Psa 68:19Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits; even the God of our salvation.KJV)
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To: 2banana

He sent the e-mail posing as a friend of his.


24 posted on 08/13/2012 5:32:38 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: 2banana

He’s dead, Jim.


25 posted on 08/13/2012 5:41:32 PM PDT by Krankor
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To: moonshot925

“What a liar, special forces, fake name, faking death and then appearing in the papers as you take on command! Incredible arrogance and stupidity. “

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I agree, It’s an an entirely Navy than when I enlisted at 16, Yes 16 in 1960. Those big oil tanks out on Terminal Island at the Long Beach Naval station, Proudly proclaimed that Long Beach was home to 710 USN Warships. Guys like CDR. Ward wouldn’t even have made it past the pier end of the brow.


26 posted on 08/13/2012 5:45:34 PM PDT by mongo141 (Revolution ver. 2.0, just a matter of when, not a matter of if!)
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To: castlegreyskull

Seems as if the commander couldn’t control his seamen.


27 posted on 08/13/2012 6:27:25 PM PDT by fso301
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To: 2banana

I thought you had to be smart to be commander of sub. This does not add up.


28 posted on 08/13/2012 6:42:25 PM PDT by Orange1998
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To: fso301

Thats an oldie but a goodie.

Seems like he would have gotten away with the whole thing if he didn’t make up such outrageous lies.

One thing I wonder, is if the girl that blew the whistle, did this out of a sense of responsibility (to ensure our Navy wasn’t endangered by this guy) or anger. I would hope it was healthy combination of both.


29 posted on 08/13/2012 6:47:51 PM PDT by castlegreyskull
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To: castlegreyskull

DUH..what a bimbo. If she knew anything at all, she would have realized it was B.S. that if he had really been a Special Forces member, he would have slipped a piece of PIANO wire
around her neck when hugging her and given a hard jerk while playing the piano version of
the theme song of Victory at Sea..


30 posted on 08/13/2012 6:52:17 PM PDT by jmax (Ahhhh...life is so frigging good in the obama nation.)
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To: castlegreyskull

Ahhhhhhh......he’ll hath no fury like a woman scorned.....except maybe if you get between Nancy Pelosi and her booze.....


31 posted on 08/13/2012 7:04:39 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: castlegreyskull
I looked up Pittsburgh and Ward.

Ward retired and is on his way to Canton.

32 posted on 08/13/2012 7:07:17 PM PDT by aposiopetic
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To: mongo141

I assume the 710 included the reserve fleet?


33 posted on 08/13/2012 9:19:59 PM PDT by MSF BU (n)
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To: Vermont Lt
Wow. And he really thought it would not catch up with him? Classic.

Ditto. The guy was too damn stupid to be in any command position, let along a commander of a sub. Having an affair was dumb, but forgivable. Stuff happens in life. But this lame attempt to avoid the consequences of his actions is totally inexcusable.

You have to wonder how the Navy allowed him to get that far in the command structure.

Admiral Rickover would not be pleased.

34 posted on 08/13/2012 9:39:13 PM PDT by Ditto (Nov 2, 2010 -- Partial cleaning accomplished. More trash to remove in 2012)
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To: MSF BU
“I assume the 710 included the reserve fleet?”

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Probably, But the reserve fleet wasn't a big % of it, there were just a lot of ships there at any given time with the rest of them being scattered all over the Pacific. It was almost possible to walk from MinePac headquarters to the end of the “mole” across the quarterdecks of destroyers, and I can remember being 5th or 6th destroyer out alongside the tender, it was a long walk to the pier.

35 posted on 08/14/2012 7:19:09 AM PDT by mongo141 (Revolution ver. 2.0, just a matter of when, not a matter of if!)
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To: MSF BU
“I assume the 710 included the reserve fleet?”

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If you mean “mothballed ships” being “reserve fleet” the answer is no. The 710 meant “Haze Grey and Underway”.

36 posted on 08/14/2012 7:45:16 AM PDT by mongo141 (Revolution ver. 2.0, just a matter of when, not a matter of if!)
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To: mongo141

I had no idea the fleet was that big. I remember Reagan’s 600 ship navy goal being abandoned because of cost, supposedly. Then again, there was a time when the UK operated 4 carrier groups and Canada had the third largest navy in the world. We’ve transitioned from warfare capability to welfare capability.


37 posted on 08/14/2012 8:24:45 PM PDT by MSF BU (n)
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To: MSF BU

“I had no idea the fleet was that big. I remember Reagan’s 600 ship navy goal being abandoned because of cost, supposedly. Then again, there was a time when the UK operated 4 carrier groups and Canada had the third largest navy in the world. We’ve transitioned from warfare capability to welfare capability.”

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The fleet was big. That figure covered everything that had a hull number from a harbor tug to an aircraft carrier with most of them being built between 1941 and about 1945 and most of them being Destroyers. The navy tended to keep stuff that worked until it was way past its prime. I was stationed aboard a WWII Fletcher class Destroyer in 1968 that was built in 1943 and finely scrapped in the mid 1970’s.


38 posted on 08/15/2012 4:33:29 AM PDT by mongo141 (Revolution ver. 2.0, just a matter of when, not a matter of if!)
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I had forgotten about the Fletchers. What a terrific platform for sustained naval gunfire. Alas, there were no dedicated heads for the gals, so they all they had to go.


39 posted on 08/15/2012 5:58:05 AM PDT by MSF BU (n)
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To: MSF BU
“I had forgotten about the Fletchers. What a terrific platform for sustained naval gunfire. Alas, there were no dedicated heads for the gals, so they all they had to go.”

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You are exactly right, I served on 3 of them, one of them was my first duty station. They were the the best sea duty I ever had, go anywhere and do anything. I have been through a typhoon at sea on one of them ( one he** of a ride) and on one sitting in Danang harbor firing gunfire support missions.

40 posted on 08/15/2012 6:13:42 AM PDT by mongo141 (Revolution ver. 2.0, just a matter of when, not a matter of if!)
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